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Thanksgiving Day Recipes

classic thanksgiving day recipes
It’s time to think Thanksgiving day recipes and I’d love to share some of our family recipes with you. Every year I add a few more so hopefully this list will give you some of our favorites and help you create new ones!

classic thanksgiving day recipes

 

Thanksgiving is getting close and it’s time to make some of my favorite Thanksgiving Day recipes. Manservant will smoke his turkey and hopefully we will be blessed with leftovers. So have a seat. Grab a cup of coffee and figure out your Thanksgiving Day menu. There is no time like the present.

Maybe you will find a new favorite here, or a new way to make one of yours, whatever it may be I wish you a great holiday with lots of family, lots of food, and lots of blessings. This is the time to be grateful and I am grateful for all of you.

Thanksgiving Day Recipes for the morning of:

I don’t know about you but I don’t usually want everyone in the kitchen while I’m finishing up for the Thanksgiving meal. Though I don’t always get my wish (check this post on shakshukaout) I do try to put out a few things that can be taken into the den while watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade. These Maple Glazed Scones definitely work!

 
Maple Walnut Scones/Thanksgiving Day Recipes

As do thesepumpkin scones with bourbon glaze.

Pumpkin Scones with Bourbon Glaze
 

If you need something a little more filling and also seasonal this Baked Pumpkin Oatmealwill surely keep everyone full until dinnertime. Just mix it up and bake it in a dish.

 
Baked Pumpkin Oatmeal
 

And if you want something more substantial thismake ahead egg casserolewould work also. Granolais also good for company, especially when it’s homemade.

Pumpkin Brown Sugar Muffins are a major win!

Pumpkin Muffins

Thanksgiving Day Appetizers:

I admit I have a weak spot for appetizers. I usually serve too many. And then you know what happens…everyone gets full and can’t eat the main meal. But Thanksgiving is the holiday of gluttony so just maybe it’s Okay for once.

Our table always includes an artichoke dip. I think my mom’sArtichoke Dip is made for Thanksgiving. Three ingredients plus dippers and you are done. After all on Thanksgiving we need to keep some things simple. Artichoke dip has been on my table since I was probably 10 years old and there is no need to replace it now!

3 Ingredient Artichoke Dip
 

From Artichoke Dip to Onion Dip, well I couldn’t leave this one out! I do love the kind from the container in the refrigerator section but OMG, this one is my all time favorite. Pass the potato chips!

 
Onion dip with Beer Potato Chips
 

So enough dips. Pimento Cheese with green chiles is always a winner and this spicy-but not too spicy-version is always a hit!

 
Pimento Cheese with Green Chiles

Of course there are plenty more to choose from under my Recipes tab up above.

There are things likepumpkin hummus

and lemon thyme crackers,

5 simple one bite appetizers,

Spicy Sage and Cornmeal Crackers

And thisbrie and blue, no bake, cheese cakeis elegant and easy to prepare!

 
Brie and Blue Cheesecake
 
Brussels sprouts made into tots? You bet these disappeared fast!
 
Veggie Tots with Brussels Sprouts
 

Another option besides lots of appetizers is starting with a more elegant bowl of soup. This pumpkin chipotle soupis a winner and super simple to make!

 
Pumpkin chipotle Soup
 

Thanksgiving Day Recipes 

Turkey can kind of make me crazy because there are so many ways to make it. To tell you the truth, I’ve never made a turkey in the oven. My dad passed on the secrets of smoking a turkey many years ago to Manservant and therefore it is one thing I don’t worry about on Thanksgiving. He smokes a mighty fine turkey and maybe one day I’ll write it down for you!

In the meantime I can tell you that this savoury turkey pie is a crowd pleaser and is really simple to make. Complete with cranberries and sweet potatoes in the luscious layers, this is a great alternative to a big bird! Only have a small crew that like white meat? Well then check out this whiskey glazed turkey breast.

 
Whiskey-glazed-turkey
 

Thanksgiving Day Recipes for Cranberries

But on to the more important things…like side dishes. I prefer to think of them as front and center because personally I like them better than turkey. Though I must admit that cranberries do taste mighty good with a bite of turkey in the mouth! The all time family favorite is this frozen cranberry mold.

It wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without these. Sometimes I make them in little muffin molds for individual servings. However you make them, these are a winner and are one of the most popular recipes at THIC this time of year.

 
Cranberry Freeze/Thanksgiving Day Recipes
 

Need Cranberry Sauce? This Southwestern version with tequila is really good! Want something light and fresh in the way of cranberries? These candied jewels of cranberries and caramelized oranges work as both a side dish and also are perfect for a light dessert. Top a pound cake with these or even tomorrow morning’s yogurt.

 
Cranberries and Candied Oranges
 

And last , but not least is this cranberry, apple green salad. Totally good!

Potatoes and Other Side Dishes for Thanksgiving

Here is Manservant’s favorite dressing, Southwest style with tamales and cornbread and raisins. He eats leftovers with a fried egg on top for breakfast!

Tamale stuffing with chorizo, cornbread

 

My mother always made this classic Pepperidge Farm stuffing. So good. especially the crispy edges!

 

Pepperidge Farm stuffing

 

Cheesy Baked Pineapple is a weird sounding side dish, but I promise it is good. Many like it with ham, but since I’m not a ham eater I eat this with turkey!

 

Cheesy Baked Pineapple
 

Now onto potatoes. You can’t go wrong with mashed, and though I don’t have a recipe on the blog just remember your milk, cream and butter should be warm when you mix them into the warm potatoes. Another option, and a decadent one is this scalloped truffle potato casserole.  Not being gravy folks we always loved this!

 
Scalloped Truffle Potatoes
 

My pommes anna recipe would also be fun to serve not only because it tastes good, but because who doesn’t love their own stack of potatoes?

 
Pommes Anna in Muffin Cups
 

Another twist instead of potatoes might be this squash dish. I love squash and this silky smooth puree with browned butter and crispy sage leaves is outstanding.

 
Squash with Fried Sage
 

A new classic is this toasted quinoa, dates and pumpkin mixture that I threw together last year. Love the toasted quinoa and besides this looks so pretty, doesn’t it?

 
Toasted Quinoa, Dates and Sage with Roasted pumpkin
 

Brussels Sprouts

 
Caramelized Roasted Brussels Sprouts
 

Roasted Carrots with Hazelnuts

 
Roasted Carrots with Brown Butter and Hazelnuts
 

Sweet Potatoes? Topped with streusel, these were sure tasty!

 
Hasselback-sweet-potatoes-whiskey-streusel-image
 

Bread is kind of a no brainer. I have a great recipe for whipped cream biscuits. Yeah, these are great! However in my family we fight for the last one of these gorgeous maple challah rolls. These are glorious and also make perfect little slider buns for turkey leftovers.

 
Maple Glazed Challah Rolls
 

Need Pumpkin Bread? Well of course you do and here are 8 things you can do with it also!

 
Brown-Butter-Pumpkin-Bread-with-Bourbon-Image
 

Love this hearty salad, too. Perfect for those who don’t eat turkey. Check out this farro and kale salad with a browned butter vinaigrette. This one can tolerate sitting on the buffet for awhile without getting soggy, which makes this perfect for any party.

Farro and Kale Salad with Brown Butter vinaigrette
 
Chopped Kale Sald

Thanksgiving Day Dessert

So that leaves the best for last. We can’t finish without dessert. Need just a little bite? Try these maple glazed cookies.

 

maple glazed maple shrtbread

 

Then there are these decadent maple chomeur puddings and instead of pecan pie I always make these little shortbread walnut or pecan bars. Trust me this is so the way to go! And for pies? I always have to have something chocolate so sometimes we do this. Yes chocolate and oatmeal go together very well.

 
Black Bottom Oatmeal Pie
 
Want a change from pecan pie? This pecan pie bread pudding has everyone swooning!
 
Pecan Pie Bread Pudding
 

And if you haven’t had enough cranberries this cranberry crostata is easy to make and tastes good too! But you know that already right?

 
Cranberry Crostata
 

If you want something pumpkin, these pumpkin butter bars are like way better than pie. Just sayin’! But you may also like my pumpkin kringle which could be breakfast or dessert.

 
Magic Layer Pumpkin Bars
 

So that about covers it until next year.  Hopefully however, these suggestions will help you create some new food traditions for your favorite folks. Check out my recipes tab and as usual I am always grateful when you share my recipes on social media. I am a small little blogger and do what I can to get the word out! Thanks for reading and being such great friends. I am very thankful for all of you!

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Thanksgiving Day Recipes

 

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  • Juliana
    November 19, 2019 at 3:23 pm

    OMG Abbe…can I have them all? They all look so good that I have a hard time to pick…thanks for the recipes…
    Have a wonderful week!

    • Abbe
      November 21, 2019 at 10:02 am

      Just come help me cook them Juliana and you can have them all!

  • Healthy World Cuisine
    November 18, 2019 at 5:03 am

    So much deliciousness all in one post! We have no idea where to begin, so I guess we will start at the top and work our way down.

    • Abbe
      November 21, 2019 at 10:02 am

      Sounds like a plan!

  • Jeff the Chef
    November 16, 2019 at 7:10 am

    Thanks for this post! I’m looking for something to bring to my brother’s house for the holidays, and this gives me loads of ideas.

    • Abbe
      November 21, 2019 at 10:03 am

      Jeff, I am sure you have a lot of your own ideas, but thanks!

  • mae
    November 14, 2019 at 12:09 am

    Everything looks delicious — it would be hard to choose just enough for one family for one day!

    best… mae at maefood.blogspot.com

    • Abbe
      November 21, 2019 at 10:08 am

      I know Mae. I always over cook because I want to eat everything. Somehow though it always disappears within a few days!

  • angiesrecipes
    November 13, 2019 at 8:41 pm

    Wish I could savour every single dish here! What an amazing collection of holiday recipes!

    • Abbe
      November 21, 2019 at 10:08 am

      I hear ya Angie. Me, too!

  • mjskitchen
    November 13, 2019 at 7:19 pm

    So many tempting recipes and so few mouths to feed. Bobby and I will be having a quiet Thanksgiving morning and those pumpkin scones are calling my name. Once I find out what type of dish I’m suppose to bring to the Thanksgiving dinner, I’ll be referring back to this list. Thanks for putting this together,

    • Abbe
      November 21, 2019 at 10:13 am

      Quiet is nice MJ. And you will love those pumpkin scones. You have so many wonderful recipes, I’m guessing you won’t have a problem!

  • Amy (Savory Moments)
    December 2, 2017 at 8:42 pm

    Everything here looks truly spectacular! I hope you enjoyed your Thanksgiving!

  • Kitchen Riffs
    November 29, 2017 at 1:02 am

    Lot of good stuff here! Hope you had a TERRIFIC Thanksgiving. My favorite holiday of the year. 🙂

  • HWC Magazine
    November 25, 2017 at 6:37 pm

    OMG so much deliciousness on one page! Don't know where to begin….

  • Marcelle @ A Little Fish in the Kitchen
    November 22, 2017 at 2:06 am

    So many delicious recipes! That black bottom oatmeal pie looks delicious!! Thank you for such a wonderful holiday recipe post, Abbe!!

  • Tricia Buice
    November 20, 2017 at 2:11 pm

    Happy Thanksgiving Abbe! Hope you have a wonderful visit. Thanks for sharing these lovely recipes – so many I want to try.

  • mjskit
    November 19, 2017 at 6:21 pm

    An absolutely fantastic list!!! That cheesy pineapple dish really caught my eye. Never heard of that and it looks wonderful. They ALL look wonderful! Happy Thanksgiving!

  • Liz Berg
    November 18, 2017 at 8:47 pm

    Is it wrong to want to print off all these recipes??? I'm definitely making those challah knots! Happy Thanksgiving if I don't get a chance to say hi next week! xo

  • SavoringTime in the Kitchen
    November 18, 2017 at 5:37 pm

    Wonderful array of Thanksgiving recipes, Abbe! I always cook Thanksgiving dinner just because of the leftovers 😉 I wouldn't pass up an invitation, though!

  • Gerlinde
    November 18, 2017 at 3:08 pm

    What a great collection of recipes. I can’t decide which one I like best. Happy Thanksgiving!

  • Angie Schneider
    November 18, 2017 at 8:26 am

    Everything looks so good! I love esp. those scones, Abbe, and would be nice to top with some crisp bacon too.